For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. Hebrews 10:14
Isn’t hindsight a beautiful thing? After the new year festivities, I reflected on the year 2014 and I couldn’t believe how much I had grown. To be honest I was happy to see the end of what was a very trying year. I pondered on some of the difficult moments and at the time, I couldn’t see a way forward or how the issues would be resolved but they were, every single one of them. I have a father who looks out for me and being human its so much easier to say that when I look back at all the times he has come through for me.
There was a period where not much photography work was coming in and there were so many financial pressures. I was so weighed down with worry and I must have tried everything I knew to attract clients short of begging random strangers on the street, to have their portraits taken. You know, you think that you have lots of faith in a certain area till you are tested. I’ve always known God to be a provider and never really worried about money until I had little. Money has never really been a prayer point in my life because I just always had enough. Not in millions and trillions ( I wish) but enough to at least be comfortable and not have to calculate how all our bills would be paid. But In the past few years and especially the last year, I have definitely understood what Paul meant when he said
“I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound”. Philippians 4:12
After weeks of non-effective worrying in an especially trying period, I knew I could only give it up to God in prayer.One random day in church, a movie production company came to look for extras and that’s how I got a summer job on an amazing film set. It wasn’t something I ever thought I would do but I had the best time, met so many cool people and sat with Samuel L Jackson in a scene. He is a great provider! Look out for my big toe in Tarzan in 2016.
If we ask God, he always comes through. The problem though is that there will always be a new battle ahead and as humans we tend to be quite myopic in our vision. We forget really quickly once we are faced with another obstacle. All the past breakthroughs are quickly buried under a pile of fear and worry.
The Christian journey is not an easy one. It really is like an obstacle course and we have many lessons to learn. I wish I could figure out when God is trying to teach me a lesson so I can learn it fast and the first time! I eventually realize I’m being schooled after I hit the same brick wall over and over again.
Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. John 15:2
The whole point is for us to grow. So basically, he takes away all the bad stuff and then he prunes what’s left. That doesn’t sound all that great does it…in fact it sounds a little painful, but there’s an awesome end to the process, which is that we bear more fruit. So every time I am pruned, I grow a bit more in love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Hallelujah!
Step by step as we walk with God, without even realising it, we grow and change, our minds are renewed and when faced with difficulty we can stand firm in our growing faith knowing that the same God who brought us through the last time will bring us through again.
This pruning process is one of sanctification. We are continuously being made holy but the best thing about it is that the scripture says we’ve already been perfected by Christ’s atoning work on the cross. It’s so great to know that even as I face good times and bad times, I am learning and growing, but ultimately I am already perfect. Its kind of a hard concept to wrap ones head around. It means that even when I fail, I can stand again knowing that my future is certain. I don’t have to stay down. I don’t have to be ridden with guilt. I can turn back to Jesus Christ who has forever paid the ultimate price for our transgressions. My future is set and won’t change. I am perfect and so are you. So instead of focusing on the pain, I will joyfully accept the cutting and the pruning as I slowly emerge into the perfect being that Jesus Christ offered himself for.
Know the truth today. You have been made perfect through the single offering of Jesus Christ. There is no obstacle you cannot overcome because he has already overcome it. Walk in your victory everyday.
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